((5/23/12) Artis C. Hanson, better known as “Art, the Barber”, 85 years of age, passed into eternal life on Tuesday, May 22, 2012, at Divine Savior Healthcare Hospital in Portage, where he had been for a week after suffering a massive hemorrhagic CVA. Art was born in Springfield Township, Jackson County, Wisconsin to Archie and Leva (Halverson) Hanson on December 24, 1926. He was baptized and confirmed in the Taylor Lutheran church, where he was also married to Elayne June Clipper on August 18, 1948. They were blessed to spend over 64 years together and produced two wonderful children, Jonathan Karl “Butch” Hanson and JoEllen Joy Flees.
Art served his country in the U.S. Army from 1945-1947 as a Technician 3rd Gr. in the Signal Corps stationed in the Hawaiian Islands and Japan areas. He was recently awarded a certificate for 50 continuous years of membership in the American Legion. After discharge from the Army Art attended Barber School in Eau Claire, Wisconsin, and upon graduation in 1950 moved to Portage where his first job was with the R.V. Wood Barbershop. He later was in partnership with Ray Thalacker and in 1964 purchased his own barbershop on West Wisconsin Street from the late Jim Crawford, which he ran until his retirement in 1999. He enjoyed 50 years as a barber and had amassed a great clientele, all of whom he regarded as friends.
Art was a member of Bethlehem Lutheran Church since 1952, the Portage Elks Club B.P.O.E. #675 for 58 years, and the American Legion #0047 for 50 years. He had a great sense of humor and was known for his “Grandpa” jokes, and his beautiful gray hair, often being called “the Silver Fox”.
He is survived by his wife, Elayne; his children, Jonathan (Maria) Hanson and Jodi (Rev. Michael) Flees; his grandchildren, Michael and Nicholas Hanson, Joshua Flees, Jennifer (Dr. Paul) McCaughey, and Jami (Nick) Cluts, as well as four great grandchildren, Kellen and Max McCaughey, and Lillea and Ivan Cluts. He is further survived by a brother, Dean Hanson; and a sister, Donna (Donnie) Larson; sisters-in-law, Virginia Hanson and Nila Hanson; step-brother-in-law, Henry Kiel; and Eileen “Clipper” Casper, a special sister of Elayne, other relatives and many friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents, his step-mother, Rachel Hanson, his parents-in-law, John and Effie Clipper; his sister, Marie (Warren) Wheelock, brothers, A. LaVerne Hanson and A. Clayton Hanson, step-sister, Donna Kiel, a sister-in-law, Janice Hanson, and sisters and brothers-in-law, Charles F. and Evelyn Letson, Lawrence and Sylvina Clipper, Olger and Helen Berget, and Morris Casper.
Funeral services will be held at Bethlehem Lutheran Church, W8267 HWY 33 E, Portage, WI 53901, on Friday, May 25, 2012 at 11:00 a.m. with the Rev. Dick Inglett officiating. Visitation will be at the church prior to the service from 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. Lunch to follow. Burial, with graveside services and the Taylor/Hixton Honor Guard of the Hanson-Lein Legion Post will be at Woodlawn Cemetery in Taylor, Wisconsin at 4:00 p.m. on the same day. The Pflanz Mantey Mendrala Funeral Home in Portage is handling the arrangements.
Memorials may be given to Bethlehem Lutheran Church, Taylor Lutheran Church, Taylor, Wisconsin, the APDA (American Parkinson Disease Association) or to the American Legion Posts in Portage or Taylor.
Special thanks are extended to Drs. Krumpos, and Strabel, and the hospital personnel for the excellent care they extended to both Art and the family. Special thanks also go to Pastor Dick and Janice Petersen, Parish Nurse for their offerings of compassion and faith.